Broadcaster Leeann Tweeden Accuses Sen. Al Franken of Assault

Broadcaster Leeann Tweeden Accuses Sen. Al Franken of Assault

Broadcaster Leeann Tweeden Accuses Sen. Al Franken of Assault

Also, someone took a photo of Franken groping her while she slept, which she didn't see until after the conclusion of the USO tour.

After Sen. Al Franken was accused of groping and kissing a woman without her consent, his fellow Senate Democrats expressed their support for an investigation into the 2006 incident. When it came time to rehearse the skit, she wrote, Franken insisted on kissing despite her protestations.

Tweeden also wrote that she later discovered that Franken had posed for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept on a transport plane during the tour. "As to the photo, it was clearly meant to be amusing but wasn't".

McCaskill said she is "shocked and concerned" following the allegations, and called Franken's alleged behavior "completely unacceptable".

Tweeden said she assumed she could turn her head away or put her hand over Franken's mouth "to get more laughs from the crowd".

The Democratic senator swiftly issued an apology to Tweeden, although he claimed to remember the rehearsal differently.

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio news anchor, said Thursday that Franken forcibly kissed her during a skit rehearsal while both were on a 2006 USO tour.

Tweeden says she felt "disgusting and violated" and walked off to the bathroom to wash her mouth out.

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And, you know, she says that she wasn't aware of this until she looked through the photos and writes in her essay, I couldn't believe it.

Now it's Senator Al Franken who's accused of sexual assault in the past. "Then she reached down and started rubbing my crotch and within just five or ten minutes, my cock was again hard and ready for action".

McConnell, the Republican leader, on Thursday called on the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Franken. He was a comedian when it all happened on a USO tour and was touring with the woman who was involved.

"So I don't know what locker room - he may work out with Roger Ailes", he joked.

She said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) inspired her to come forward with her story. "I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this", McConnell said. "It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate", he said. "I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them". He called for an ethics investigation into himself, saying he will "gladly cooperate". During Thursday's press conference, she said Franken saw her and her husband a few years later at a gala and he tried to initiate a conversation with her.

And the truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories.

Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the highest-ranking woman in the Democratic Senate leadership said Franken's apology "doesn't reverse what he's done or end the matter".

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